Look, on the net! It's a concert listing! No, it's a band bio and series of articles! No, it's a bunch of streaming audio and video!
Actually, it's all of these things.
Boise Weekly has launched the musical motherload, GetN2it, which supercharges our concert listings pages with content from YouTube, ReverbNation, iTunes and more, putting damn near everything there is about a band online into each of our concert listings.
This is not just great for readers browsing through the music listings for something to do, it's fantastic for bands, as well, because it creates a promo hub of content about them, pretty much automatically.
You aren't going to find a better tool for navigating local music offerings anywhere. Check it out at Boise Weekly's music page online and prepare to be dazzled.
In offline news, Boise author Alan Heathcock has been raking in the accolades for his short-story collection, Volt, earning everything from big cash-money lit prizes to a bevy of film adaptations. And this month, the stories in his book will get a musical treatment, as well, courtesy of Boise songwriter Chad Summervill.
Summervill adapted four stories from the collection--"Freight," "Fort Apache," "Smoke" and "Lazarus"--into Americana ballads rich with Heathcock's imagery. All four will be released as digital downloads at an event later this month.
Another local digital album comes courtesy of Boise hip-hop duo Dedicated Servers, which apparently isn't that interested in sleeping. The album's title, While You Were Sleeping, speaks mostly to the group's work ethic. This is the duo's third release in a year, and another is on the way. Dedicated, indeed.
The 13-track album marks a return to the more electronic sound of the group's earlier work and is available as a free download via Bandcamp or streaming on Boise Weekly's blog.
Another album getting set to launch comes from fretless semi-local wonder Ned Evett, who will be dropping his new album, Treehouse, at The Linen Building Friday, Nov. 16. Treehouse was recorded during the last two years in Nashville, Tenn., and produced by Adrian Belew, who has worked with everyone from David Bowie to Nine Inch Nails to Paul Simon. That show starts at 8:30 p.m. and costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door.